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61 Famous Quotes by Thomas Gray
12/26/1716 - 7/30/1771
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To each his suff'rings; all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan; The tender for another's pain, Th' unfeeling for his own. Yet ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would destroy their paradise.

Suffering Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: On a Distant Prospect of Eton College (st. 10)

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Chill penury repress'd their noble rage, And froze the genial current of the soul.

Poverty Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard (st. 13)

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E'en from the tomb the voice of nature cries, E'en in our ashes live their wonted fires.

Fire Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard (st. 23), Gray says it was suggested by Plutarch

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The tear forgot as soon as shed, The sunshine of the breast.

Tears Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Eton College (st. 5)

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And shut the gates of mercy on mankind.

Mercy Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard (st. 17)

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The meanest floweret of the vale, The simplest note that swells the gale, The common sun, the air, the skies, To him are open paradise.

Paradise Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitudes (l. 53)

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Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield: Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke: How jocund did they drive their team a-field! How bow'd the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!

Agriculture Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard (st. 7)

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Tho' he inherit Not the pride, nor ample pinion, That the Theban eagle bear, Sailing with supreme dominion Thro' the azure deep of air.

Eagles Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Progress of Poesy

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Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, He had not the method of making a fortune.

Bribery Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: On His Own Character

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Ope the sacred source of sympathetic tears.

Tears Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Progress of Poesy (III, 1, l. 12)

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Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, He had not the method of making a fortune.

Fortune Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: On His Own Character

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Hard Unkindness' alter'd eye, That mocks the tear if forced to flow.

Unkindness Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Eton College (st. 8)

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Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: On a Distant Prospect of Eton College (st. 10)

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Scatter plenty o'er a smiling land.

Philanthropy Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard (st. 16)

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Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere, Heaven did a recompense as largely send; He gave to misery (all he had) a tear, He gain'd from Heaven ('twas all he wish'd) a friend.

Philanthropy Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy--The Epitaph

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Thou tamer of the human breast, Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour The bad affright, afflict the best!

Adversity Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Hymn to Adversity (st. 1)

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What female heart can gold despise? What cat's averse to fish?

Cats Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: On the Death of a Favorite Cat

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When iron scourge, and tort'ring hour The bad affright, afflict the best.

Repentance Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Ode to Adversity

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Some village Hampden, that, with dauntless breast, The little tyrant of his fields withstood, Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest, Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood.

Grave Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard

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The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike th' inevitable hour, The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

Grave Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard

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They had finished her own crown in glory, and she couldn't stay away from the coronation.

Heaven Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Enigmas of Life

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The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

Glory Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard (st. 9)

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Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife.

Solitude Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard (st. 19)

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Not all that tempts your wandering eyes And heedless hearts is lawful prize, Not all that glisters gold.

Appearance Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Old on a Favorite Cat

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Some bold adventurers disdain The limits of their little reign, And unknown regions date descry.

Adventure Quotes, by Thomas Gray , Source: Ode to a Distant Prospect of Eton College

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